Carnegie curator Douglas Fogle to speak at Kemper

Douglas Fogle, curator of contemporary art for the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, will discuss his curatorial experiences and the practice of contemporary painting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.

Fogle is organizing the 55th Carnegie International, which will open in Pittsburgh in May 2008 and remain on view through January 2009.

The talk — presented in conjunction with the Kemper Art Museum’s exhibition “Thaddeus Strode: Absolutes and Nothings” — is free and open to the public and takes place in Steinberg Hall Auditorium. A reception for Fogle will precede the talk at 6 p.m. in the Kemper museum.

Douglas Fogle

The Carnegie International is the world’s second-oldest international survey of contemporary art and the oldest in North America. First organized in 1896 at the behest of industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, the exhibition showcases new art and new artists from around the globe. This year’s exhibition — the theme for which is “Life on Mars” — focuses on the question of what it means to be human in the world today amidst ever-accelerating global events.

Fogle joined the Carnegie Museum in 2005 and has spent much of his tenure traveling and researching artists for the Carnegie International. Over the past two and a half years, he has visited scores of studios, galleries and exhibitions across Europe and Asia as well as throughout North and South America. In addition, Fogle is responsible for the Carnegie Museum’s new acquisitions as well as for the presentation of its contemporary art collection and Forum Gallery exhibitions.

Fogle previously served as curator of visual arts at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, where his exhibitions included “Painting at the Edge of the World” (2001) — which addressed the practice of painting in the contemporary global context — as well as “The Last Picture Show: Artists Using Photography, 1960-1982” (2003-2004) and “Andy Warhol/Supernova: Stars, Deaths, Disasters, 1962-1964” (2005).

Fogle’s articles and criticism have been widely published in books, exhibition catalogs and journals such as Artforum, Frieze, Flash Art and Parkett.

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